The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

October 29, 2013

Brown marmorated stink bug knocking at the door

MADISON COUNTY — With the onset of shorter day and cooler temperatures, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has begun its trek from the field to overwintering sites, including homes. On a personal note, I have noticed BMSB on the doors and windows of my own home since Sept. 15. It is surprising to find the high numbers that are coming to homes relative to the low numbers observed on field and horticultural crops this summer. Eight new counties have confirmed populations of BMSB as a result of their fall migration indoors. This brings the total to 37 KY counties with BMSB.

The numbers have increased dramatically since a year ago. Last winter we would find about one per week in my home; that number has increased to 20 to 40 per day on or in my house! With this in mind, fruit and vegetable producers in areas where it has been established for several years (areas around Louisville, Ashland, and Lexington) need to consider how they are going to manage BMSB next year and prepare accordingly.

BMSB can severely damage several high value vegetable crops including sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, okra, and green beans. With fruit crops, it can ruin apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, and cherries. This pest is highly mobile in the landscape, moving to and from non-crop hosts to crop hosts and between hosts as crops become attractive to this invasive pest. With larger commercial plantings, such as in apple orchards, growers have noticed more severe damage within the boarder rows as compared to the center of blocks.

Control of BMSB is more difficult than other stink bugs. With larger highly mobile BMSB populations, even with excellent chemical control, residual control is very limited and continued immigration and re-infestation is likely. They are also more difficult to control with insecticides than some of our native stink bugs. Many of the insecticides that we have used in the past with fruit and vegetable production are not effective against this pest. Growers needing to control this insect with insecticides should check insecticide recommendations carefully. (Source: Dr. Ric Bessin, UK Extension Entomologist)

Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
  • 7-29 Nostalgia-Glenmore.jpg Paper boys learned life, business lessons

    I often flash back to the days from the mid to late 1930s when I was a paper boy.
    There were 10 or 12 of us who rolled out of bed at 5 a.m. every day, jumped on our bicycles and headed downtown to the Glyndon Hotel and picked up our papers for delivery.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dick-Ham.jpg Here’s why teachers aren’t paid enough

    The following were included in last year’s exams and were answered by 16-year-old high school students. The answers are genuine, and we must remember that these youngsters will grow up to vote, marry and become parents. It’s a scary thought.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 4-H Entries 1.jpg 4-H exhibits are family affair for the Houstons

    Five children from the same family were the first to bring their 4-H exhibits Wednesday to the Madison County Fairgrounds.

    July 24, 2014 5 Photos

  • 7-22 Band Camp 1.jpg Band students ‛take over’ MCHS campus

    The Madison Central High School campus has been “taken over” for two weeks by 170 students attending band camp.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • Dr-Jack-Rutherford.jpg Warning labels needed on energy drinks

    The popularity of energy drinks has soared since they entered the marketplace, but at least one consumer group wants the FDA to order warnings on product labels.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donna-Moberly.jpg Full Gospel ‛Back to School Bash’ is Aug. 2

    Hello everyone.
    I guess everyone is asking, “How much rain did we get?”

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Katie-Rollins.jpg Thank the Lord for the rain

    Hello readers, it’s a stormy Monday evening as I write this, and I’ve been thanking the Lord all day for the good rain – over an inch in the gauge now, and it looks like more before morning.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paula-Jones-c.jpg Rain has helped lawns, gardens

    Hello from Baldwin.
    How is everyone’s week going? I hope everyone is having a great one.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Can you believe such cool weather in mid July?

    Refreshing. That’s the word one TV weatherman described the upcoming days when temperatures will be in the 70s with virtually no humidity and lots of sunshine. Can you believe that in the middle of July? We can live with that, can’t we? We may even get close to setting a record for morning lows later this week. This has certainly been the year for strange weather!

    July 17, 2014

  • Tim-Jones.jpg Union City Baptist VBS July 20-25

    Union City Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school July 20-25, 6 to 9 p.m., with classes from age 3 through high school. The theme is “Agency D3 Needs You.” Contact Brenda Parke, or call the church at 623-2845 for more information.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should Madison County’s three local governing bodies ban smoking in indoor public places?

     View Results